A Few Crafty Winter Suggestions via @ImperfectWomen

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A Few Crafty Winter Suggestions

A Few Crafty Winter Suggestions

CraftyMomof3 has some great ideas to keep you and your children busy this winter!

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CraftyMom's on an apple kick-plus fun crafts from @FamilyFun

For some reason in the past week or so I have been on an apple kick….why? I have no idea. 🙂 I have been pretty much house-bond due to a bad sinus infection and blood sugar issues. I think it might just be the crisp fall air. So on my recipes blog I have been posting some apple recipes, go check it out if you’d like.

I’ve also found some cute apple crafts for kids and parents alike!

3 Things to Do With Apples at FamilyFun.com

Shrink ’em

3 Things to Do With Apples

Who wouldn’t love to have these creepy characters hanging around? To bring them to life, peel the apples, then use a small knife to carve faces (for well-defined features, cut out deep eye sockets and leave prominent noses). Bake the carved apples at your oven’s lowest temperature for three hours, then let them sit in a warm, dry place for at least a few days. Once they’re dry and shrunken, press black-bean eyes and rice-grain teeth into place. We also pressed on bundled-yarn wigs and tied on fabric strips cut from bandannas.

Bake ’em

Bake 'em This classic dessert is gooey and delicious, and our version can be cooked by kids with just a little help from a parent. To make it, heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, stir together 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a pinch each of nutmeg and cinnamon. Bring this mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes to make a syrup. Core and peel the top third of 4 baking apples, such as Cortlands. Place them in a baking pan, fill them with raisins and walnuts, then pour the syrup over them. Bake the apples for 40 minutes. Serve them warm — topped with ice cream, if you like.

Print ’em

Print 'em Brushing paint on a cut apple gives our fruit-tastic stationery its crisp lines. Cut a round apple in half, then poke out its seeds with a toothpick and set them aside. Blot the cut surface with a paper towel until it’s dry. Brush white acrylic paint all over the cut surface, then add a line of red or green paint around the edge. If the stem is attached, brush brown paint on it. Stamp the apple on a folded piece of card stock. To print the seeds, spear one with a pin, then dip it in brown paint and stamp it where desired.

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This one is dedicated to my friend Linda who has a bushel and a half of apples…..

Apple crafts at marthastewart.com

Apple Crafts

You may be looking at your bushel of apples and wondering how many pies you can make. Instead, try one of these inventive apple crafts. The end results will delight you and your family.

Apple Votives

A flotilla of apples bobbing in a steel tub evokes memories of childhood and headlong plunges into icy water. But carved into holiday candleholders, these apple votives are a prize for the eyes alone, their flames a promise of warmth.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Apple Crafts – Martha Stewart Crafts
I have no affiliation with Family Fun or Martha Stewart. Just love the sites.

Crafts: Recycled Denim Book Bag @imperfectwomen

This time my daughter and I combined efforts for my crafty post in the Hobby Lobby.

Crafts: Recycled Denim Book Bag

Crafts: Recycled Denim Book Bag

By CraftyMomof3 and CraftyKidof3

My daughter and I were going through some of her out grown clothes in preparation for new school clothes and we thought up a great idea for a craft. So one rainy weekend we sat down and made it. [Read on…..]

Guest Post: Are Photo books Stealing the Last Scrapbookers?

Are photobooks stealing the last scrapbookers???

Are photobooks meaningful?  Or are they just another digital shortcut?  Debbie gives us the low down on photobooks vs. scrapbooks.  Is the thought really there??

~ After the stress of being back home with a new baby, I started really enjoying getting back to scrap booking. It had been years since I spent hundreds of dollars on stickers & books, cutters & blades. What made it so fun again was getting together with my cousin & my friends every other week at each others houses. We kind of “forced” ourselves to sit down and create mini masterpieces where one spread took 4 hours. But at least having each other made the creative juices flow and I got my scrap booking “mojo” back. I loved the feeling of seeing the beautiful page I created slide into my book for my kids to enjoy. And of course having one more “memory” in the can so to speak. Those that love the peaceful feeling Scrap booking does for you will understand this. ~

~ So imagine my surprise and disappointment when my cousin to tell me she wasn’t scrap booking anymore! She was explaining that she also wasn’t coming with me for our bi-weekly unnecessary trip to Michael’s for more stickers & paper either. “I sent away for a photo book” she told me. “I really loved how it came out and I barely did a thing. It was also cheaper!” I was devastated. How could she possibly use the ol “scrapbook cop-out” and not want to create a 4 month heavy masterpiece with about $200 worth of stickers in it that weighs about 10 pounds? Don’t get me wrong, I understand that with most people now using digital cameras, Kodak needed to find a new way to make money. And these photo books ARE easy to create, light in weight, and much cheaper that what it costs to create just one scrapbook. But where is the creativity? Where are the hours you spend on placing the photos and using the blades to create the borders? And what do you do with the 50 or so Jolee stickers that you paid $4.99 each for? Worst off, she had just bought a Cricut Expressions package after a late night QVC tirade for something like $300. So needless to say I re-questioned my love and loyalty to my still un-finished 5th album and thought about giving into the cop-out called the photo book. ~

A scrapbook is full of creativity, thought and care that you just can't reproduce in a photobook.

~ As the weeks went on, I lost my tight knit circle of friends to the almighty photo books. They just didn’t have the time, or the patience to give our little group the chance to fully get its creative mojo back. As hard as it was not having that boost of having my friends over to force me to sit down at night and actually scrapbook, I decided that the beautiful brick of a book was still for me. Photo books are an ideal way for those that are too busy to create a quick, cheap way to preserve their memories. But at that point,stick them in a box like everyone else does and be over with it. I still love going to my craft store and picking out what pieces of paper I want to go with each set of stickers. What borders I want to create for each of my photos, and what story I want to tell. I gets me excited to put the kids to bed and spread out all my goodies I got for each of my photo “stories”. Try your hardest, like I have, to force yourself to sit down alone one night and just DO IT. You may be surprised at the beautiful page you create and the joy it will bring you that no photo book ever will! ~

xoxox Debbie

Lunch Money Locket. So cute via @FamilyFun

I don’t like to always have my daughter use her lunch card for silly things like buying milk or a parfait at her school so I thought this would be a cute idea for her (a girl version of coarse!)

I found this on my favorite go-to kids craft site Family Fun!

Lunch Money Locket via @FamilyFun

A kid will never lose his lunch money again if he keeps it in this homemade — yet eminently stylish — locket made from a common mint tin. Dress up the lid with a toy plastic animal, fake jewels, stickers, and more.

  • Small metal mint tin (Ours measured roughly 2 by 2 1/2 inches. Make sure it has a hinged lid to pull a string through or around. We found ours at Target and CVS.)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • String or metallic craft cord (You’ll need about a 3-foot length. Be sure it’s thin enough to fit around or through the tin’s hinge so the lid can still close.)
  • Tacky glue
  • Small plastic animal or fake jewels, stickers, etc.

  1. Clean the inside of the tin. Paint the top and let it dry.
  2. Thread the string or metallic cord around or through (depending on the type of tin) the tin’s hinges. Pull both ends of the string tight, so that they fit snugly around the hinge, and then knot them together at the top.
  3. Glue plastic animals or jewels to the top of the tin. Let it dry.Lunch Money Locket - Step 1
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*I have no affiliation with Family Fun other than I think their website rocks. 🙂

Camp Bound! No Sew Pillow Tutorial.

This week my kids and I are Girl Scout camp bound! My son and I will be in charge of the boys camp some of the days, others I will be helping with the Juniors.  A great craft the adults came up with this year for the over night is a no sew pillow craft to compliment the “Spa Night”  for the Juniors, Cadets and Seniors. In order to fit all the girls and their pillows we decided on a 18×30 pillow.

I recently made a pillow for my 3 year old so she wouldn’t feel left out when her sister got her tent pillow.  I started with 3 yards of fabric which I then cut in half.  Then you need to mark and measure how long you want your ties. I went with 4 inches.

Measure and mark your ties....

Measure and mark your ties....

Make sure you cut an even square off each end of the fabric so the ties will come out even and tie nicely.

Cut an even square corner.

Cut an even square corner.

Then cut your ties every two inches all the way around the fabric. You can do one inch but be careful when you are tying them because they will rip when you tug. I suggest using fiskar spring loaded scissors because the make the most even cut.

Spring Loaded Sciccors.

Spring Loaded Scissors.

Then tie the fabric carefully, making sure you match each tie. Double knot each piece. Leave a 5 inch section and stuff your pillow with fiber fill. Finish tying the rest of the fabric.

The finish product!

The finish product!

This one is a little overstuffed because my 3 year old decided she wanted to use it as a floor pillow, so in that case you need to over stuff it at first or over time it will lose it’s shape and cushion.

When my daughter makes hers at camp I will post a pic of her finished product. The camp pillow follows the same directions, just different dimensions.

Have fun and send me pics if you make them! I love to post pics of my readers finished products!

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Fabulous Find Friday: Glue Gun Crafts and new Klutz Giveaway Deets.

Adorable Felt Mushroom

Adorable Felt Mushroom

Create a Cute Felt Mushroom

For my Fabulous Find this Friday I present a really cute website called Glue Gun Crafts with Craftzilla


Starting Monday I will be running a giveaway for one of the brand new Klutz books. I have three to giveaway.  Baby Mama, Michelle Brownlow and Imperfect Women have been such supporters of mine so any of their followers get an extra two entries. Your screen name will be your proof since I know of most people who post and follows on those sites.  The giveaway will run for two weeks and the winner will be decided by Random.org. Stay tuned for details.

@FamilyFun is the way to go!!!!!! Cute Father's Day Crafts.

I was looking for fun Father’s Day Crafts and I was having a hard time, so I went and looked at my old stand by…they never disappoint me!!!! Disney Family Fun is a great site. Don’t miss out. Look at what they have to offer:

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ReUse and ReCycle!

ReUse and ReCycle!

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Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

For Father’s Day this year, update Dad’s wardrobe with a fashionable new tie and recycle an outmoded one into a stylish sunglass sling.

Click here for pattern

Daddy Duct Dollars

A fun Father’s Day gift idea.

So Simple and Cute!!!

So Simple and Cute!!!

Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

Dad will appreciate the thriftiness behind this Father’s Day gift — a wallet crafted out of duct tape. Simply follow the steps below, then, before presenting it to him, fill Dad’s gift with extras: pretend money, a fun identification card, or coupons he can redeem later.

Click here for the pattern